Day: August 15, 2017

Does Donald Trump actually condone white nationalists?

Charlottesville, Virginia latest white nationalist violence

Richard Spencer-David Duke Charlottesville rally organizers
Richard Spencer-David Duke Charlottesville rally organizers

 

Here’s the way Michael Gerson of the Washington Post describes Donald Trump’s reaction to Charlottesville: “alternately trite;” “infantile;” and “meaningless,” pretty shabby for the President of the United States in yet another case of white supremacy domestic violence. Trump does condemn the violence but not once does he point the finger at white nationalists. His usual reaction is to respond quickly to violence but on Saturday morning after the violence, quiet from the White House. You have to wonder what the difference s between Charlottesville and the shooting  at an Orlando nightclub in June 2016, where Trump made a statement immediately.

Why won’t Donald Trump criticize white nationalists?

Michael Gerson wonders whether or not Donald Trump is really “…convinced of the moral equivalence of the sides in Charlottesville? Calling it all something of an ethical sickness with no cure, he laments…

  • “There is no denying that Trump has used dehumanization — refugees are “animals, ‘Mexican migrants are “rapists,’ ‘Muslims are threats’ — as a political tool. And there is no denying that hateful political rhetoric can give permission for prejudice.” “It acts as a psychological lubricant,” says David Livingstone Smith, “dissolving our inhibitions and inflaming destructive passions. As such, it empowers us to perform acts that would, under normal circumstances, be unthinkable.”

5 in critical condition, 4 serious, 6 fair 4 good/Total of 19 injured

The Unite the Right rally was organized to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. There were protesters and counter-protesters, but some questioned the police handling of the whole situation. They stood back, observed, but didn’t get involved until later. A 32-year-old woman was killed as a car accelerated into crowds on a pedestrian mall, sending bodies flying, then reversing at a high speed, hitting more people. The crash is being investigated as a criminal homicide. The driver was  James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Maumee, Ohio. White nationalist Richard Spencer whined over having his rally determined an “unlawful assembly.”

The South still full of racism and bigotry

I was born in the South where white nationalism still rages despite the advancement of the human rights movement that simply went underground after the Civil Rights Act of 1964. I graduated from high school and college in Tennessee, worked there for a few years and then was transferred by my company to California. I was never happier in my life than when I got off a plane in Los Angeles; I had read of the state with a generally liberal agenda and people of all races were basically free to do as they please. Within reason, of course. I went through the Watts riots and the back window of my company car was hit with a stray bullet on the Harbor freeway.

California not without its racists and white nationalists

I was there for the Rodney King incident, which, I believe, paralyzed the city even worse than Watts. It certainly lasted longer with the trial. I guess what I am saying is, I never really got away from white nationalism nor racial bias, which indicates in truth that it is alive and strong everywhere in this country. Although somewhat dormant for a while, the new Oval Office lunatic has again brought it to the forefront and the result is a white nationalist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia that resulted in a death and several critical injuries. I cannot say what part Steve Bannon had in Charlottesville, but Richard Spencer and David Duke are allies.

Charlottesville progressivism brought in the white nationalists

The Southern Poverty Law Center said the white nationalist rally could be the “largest hate-gathering of its kind in decades in the United States.” Charlottesville Mayor, Michael Signer said the rally was a “…”cowardly parade of hatred, bigotry, racism, and intolerance march down the lawns of the architect of our Bill of Rights.” Charlottesville is a Progressive city voting heavily for Hillary Clinton in 2016, but when they attempted to remove all traces of the Confederacy, something considered by most as pure racist, the white supremacists had it in their sights. We see what resulted, showing that racism and bigotry still reign free in this country.

NOTE: Donald Trump, after countless criticisms, has finally spoken out against racists.